The Giants might have lost more than just a game on Sunday as the belief is superstar running back Saquon Barkley suffered a season-ending injury.
Barkley sustained a knee injury in the first half of the Giants' 17-13 defeat to the Bears and did not return. Based on manual tests and initial diagnosis, Barkley suffered an ACL tear, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Barkley will have an MRI, but the belief is Barkley is out for the season, Rapoport added.
The sensational running back was helped off the field on the first play of the second quarter. Barkley ripped off his helmet, writhing in pain on the Bears sideline, grabbing at his right knee after a six-yard run to open the quarter. Teammates helped the running back across to the field to the Giants bench. Barkley couldn't put pressure on his right leg.
The RB was carted to the locker room. Barkley punched the cart as he was driven off, indicating the severity of the injury. The team stated that Barkley had been taken in for X-rays on his knee and would undergo further testing Monday.
Two plays earlier, Barkley got up shaky after taking a shot on an 18-yard scamper. Big Blue's offense will turn to Dion Lewis with Barkley out. Backup Wayne Gallman was inactive Sunday.
Barkley, who missed three games in 2019 with an ankle injury, exited after taking four carries for 28 yards as New York trailed 10-0 in Chicago.
New York also lost receiver Sterling Shepard for the day after he sustained a toe injury near the end of the second quarter.